Who Are the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms?April 23, 2014
Yale Law Women (YLW) surveys YLS alumni working at Vault 100 firms about factors relevant to a law firm’s family friendliness. The two most important categories this year were part-time or flexible time options and the billable hours requirement. Other indicators were parental leave policies and childcare availability. According to YLW, the Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List for 2014 are:
Arnold & Porter
Hunton & Williams
Kirkland & Ellis
Morrison & Foerster
Munger, Tolles & Olson
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Vinson & Elkins
These firms offer alternatives, such as flexible work schedules to promote home/work life balance, offer generous parental leave and infant transition and child care support, among other benefits.
At Paul, Weiss half of the firm’s lawyers are women and, since 1996, 30 percent of the firm’s partner promotions have been women (50 percent in the Litigation Department). The firm provides many opportunities for women attorneys to get to know each other as well as mingle with clients and other professional women in the community by hosting networking events, lunches and presentations throughout the year. High-performing senior women associates are asked to join the Sponsor Program in their sixth year where a partner from their practice area serves as an advisor to guide them as they advance to the next level of their careers.
MoFo formed the Women’s Initiative Committee (WIC) in 2006 to focus on increasing the retention and promotion of women lawyers at the firm. As its first project, WIC created a clearer articulation of the firm’s reduced-hours policy. Throughout the year, the firm sponsors internal and external events both office and firmwide that explore topics of interest to women lawyers.
Kirkland is passionate about supporting its women attorneys. The firm’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) provides formal training, mentoring and networking opportunities for women attorneys to ensure their personal and professional success at the Firm. The WLI has a formal mentoring program called “Mentoring Circles.” The Mentoring Circles allow women at various stages in their careers to mentor each other and form relationships with their female colleagues where there might otherwise not be such an opportunity.
Source: Yale Law Women